Opals shine with their first win

Joseph Bulmer

Carol Anne Opals gained their first win of the season in the North Devon Netball League in a Division 4 match against Exmoor Beasties that was closely fought to the final whistle.

Exmoor took an early seven goal lead thanks to great movement by Sarah Shorten in the mid-court. But Opals kept working and chipping away at the lead, with Ellie Carter shooting accurately to give them the edge with a few minutes to go. The whole team defended, determined to win their first game of the season, and did so by just two goals.

Titans Pluto continued their dominanceof this division, but their victory was not as easy as in previous games, with opponents Carol Anne Topaz showing a much improved standard of play.

Bude Satellites continue to rise up the Division 3 table, superb defence by Grace Parker leading them to a 43-34 win over Misfits.

The Coodes and North Devon Homes Stars match was a battle of the shooters, with Chris Southern gaining more opportunities to convert for victory while Maxine White shot accurately, but had insufficient ball to make enough of an impact.

In Division 1 the Titans teams Apollo and Neptune showed they mean business, beating Venners Bakery Cobras and Pat Williams Girls respectively by more than 25 goals.

Div 1: Titans Apollo 64, Venners Bakery Cobras 28; Titans Neptune 46, Pat Williams Girls 17.

Div 2: Titans Venus 40, Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks 22; Carol Anne Emeralds 37, Carol Anne Amethysts 18; South Molton Falcons 35, Panthers 23; Langtree Re-Unites Rogues 28, All Whites 18.

Div 3: Coodes 48, North Devon Homes Stars 25; Bude Satellites 43, Venners Misfits 34; Carol Anne Rubies 41, North Devon Homes 33.

Div 4: Titans Pluto 45, Carol Anne Topaz 37; Carol Anne Opals 29, Exmoor Beasties 27; Woolacombe Wolves 21, South Molton Eagles 12.